BY PHILIP ANTOH | firstname.lastname@example.org
THE NEWLY-INSTALLED Paramount Chief of Ngleshie Alata of James Town, Obrempong Wetse Kojo II, has promised to embark on a number of development projects, including establishing a university in the community to improve education.
In his maiden address to the media on Tuesday, Obrempong Kojo said as part of his vision to educate his citizens, a James Town basic school, a senior high school (SHS), a university and a vocational training centre would be established to ensure many people in the area get access to education.
He said based on this, a scholarship scheme would be established for citizens of James Town to support students and pupils willing to go to school, and a free compulsory night classes organised to disengage the teeming youth from indulging in immoral activities.
The new Mantse commended the government of the New Patriotic Party for the smooth implementation of the free SHS programme.
Obrempong Kojo said it was part of his dream to establish a fishing school and a fishing company to train the youth on modern way of fishing, as well as construct an ultramodern cold store to ensure that the harvest of the fisher-folks would not go to waste but would be accessible to the general public.
“We will lead a team to organise a weekly cleaning exercise at the beach where working tools will be made available to clean the community, develop it to a modern recreational centre for tourists, as well as develop the community in line with the government’s vision of making Accra one of the cleanest cities in Africa,” he stated.
The new chief pledged his support to boast trade in the area by establishing a microfinance company to offer low-interest-rate loans to traders and fishermen in the community.
The Mantse added that as part of his vision, a community centre would be built; the existing abattoir would be developed into a modern one with a restaurant, health inspectorate department, a large meat marketing shop and an ultramodern cold store facility to boost the work of the abattoir.
He said as part of keeping the heritage and the culture of the people of James Town, a radio station would be established to preach the rich culture of the people.
He added that a four-seater place of convenience would be established in the community freely for males and females with additional four-shower bathhouses for each of the seven divisions in the area that make up the Ngleshie Alata to cater for residents while a 48-seater place of convenience to cater for tourists and other visitors who tour the beach and the fishing community would be built.
Obrempong Kojo used the occasion to announce that the late James Town Mantse, Obrempong Kojo Ababio V, would be buried before the end of this year, adding that preparations were ongoing.
The occasion was graced by the chiefs and kingmakers of the Ngleshie Alata of James Town and other supporters in the area.